The brand new 2021-22 English Premier League season gets underway this weekend with 10 juicy fixtures scheduled for Matchday 1. Here, we bring you previews and betting picks for our three best value plays for week one, as well as our best pick for all other games. Good luck to everyone following!
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2021-22 EPL Betting Picks: Matchday 1
Manchester United vs Leeds United
Old Trafford, Saturday 7:30am ET
Manchester United will be looking to go one better than their second-placed finish last campaign and will believe they have the squad to do so. Interestingly, they were a fair bit better on the road than at home last season, but with crowds back at Old Trafford you can expect that to change.
Leeds United enjoyed a fantastic return to life in England’s top flight when finishing ninth on the table last season. Their attacking style of play boded well for them and they’ll be looking to continue that in hope for another strong season in the Premier League.
These two clubs played in two completely contrasting games last campaign; the first finished in a 6-2 win for United, while the second was a 0-0 draw. It’s always tough to know what to expect in the first game of the season for any team, but we do believe United will be a very strong contender again this campaign and they should be winning this fixture comfortably at home in front of a raucous crowd.
Everton vs Southampton
Goodison Park, Saturday 10am ET
Everton made some big signings in the last off-season and that helped them to accumulate 59 league points, which was their best total since recording 61 in the 2016-17 season. Despite that feat, the Toffees still only managed to finish 10th on the table and will be hoping to push for a top six finish this time around.
Southampton are coming off a bit of a disappointing campaign but one where they were never really in trouble of being relegated. James Ward-Prowse and Danny Ings were the shining lights for the club, but unfortunately the latter has recently been transferred to a fellow mid-table team in Aston Villa.
It’s tough to see where goals will come from consistently this season for the Saints, particularly on the road where they won’t possess much of the ball. In contrast, the Toffees have plenty of firepower and should be getting the result they desire in this fixture.
Newcastle United vs West Ham United
St. James’ Park, Sunday 9am ET
Newcastle United performed below expectations last season considering the big signings they made heading into their campaign. Despite that, they still easily stayed clear of the relegation battle and will be confident they can push for at least a top half finish in 2021-22.
West Ham United were the surprise packet with their success last season. They were superb from start to finish and only narrowly missed out on securing a Champions League spot. Regardless, they’ll be thrilled to be able to play in the Europa League this season, but it might come at a cost to their EPL success considering their squad certainly isn’t the deepest.
This is probably an even money game if we’re being honest and a win to either side wouldn’t shock. With that said, getting over 3-1 odds for the Magpies to get the job done at home is the obvious value and is worth having something on.
Brentford vs Arsenal (Friday 3pm ET)
Over 2.5 Goals (-125 at Pointsbet)
Manchester United vs Leeds (Saturday 7:30am ET)
Manchester United -1 (+140 at Pointsbet)
Burnley vs Brighton (Saturday 10am ET)
Burnley Draw No Bet (+116 at Pointsbet)
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace (Saturday 10am ET)
HT/FT – Chelsea/Chelsea (-130 at Pointsbet)
Everton vs Southampton (Saturday 10am ET)
Everton H2H (-112 at Pointsbet)
Leicester vs Wolves (Saturday 10am ET)
Both Teams to Score – Yes (-105 at Pointsbet)
Watford vs Aston Villa (Saturday 10am ET)
Under 2.5 Goals (-130 at Pointsbet)
Norwich vs Liverpool (Saturday 12:30pm ET)
Both Teams to Score – Yes (-125 at Pointsbet)
Newcastle vs West Ham (Sunday 9am ET)
Newcastle H2H (+230 at Pointsbet)
Tottenham vs Manchester City (Sunday 11:30am ET)
Manchester City -1 (+165 at Pointsbet)